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Bishop of Oxford walks on hot coals for charity

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The Bishop of Oxford has successfully walked over 1200C (2192F) hot coals to raise funds for a local hospice.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard helped raise £1,000 at Oxford Rugby Club, in aid of Sobell House, Headington.

Bishop Pritchard, charity patron, said: "What's a bit of fear and toasted feet for something as important as Sobell?"

About 50 fundraisers took part in Saturday's event, also in aid of child bereavement charity SeeSaw.

Bishop Pritchard said he had prepared for the event through "prayer" and a two-hour "psyche up" session beforehand.

'Bit alarming'

He said: "The temperature reaches 1200C which is six times higher than you'd normally have your oven so it's a bit alarming.

"It's more the anticipation, that's the anxious thing, but when you're there it goes in a moment."

Jennifer McGivern from Sobell House said she was "absolutely delighted to have the Bishop's support".

Ms McGivern said: "These events are absolutely vital. It costs £4m to run the hospice each year and charity contributes about 40% of those costs."

She said it is hoped the fire walking event will raise between £5,000 and £7,000 for the hospice.

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